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How long is the Olympic opening ceremony?

The celebration of the start of the games is expected to last about four hours, running from 7 a.m. ET to 11 a.m. ET. NBC and Olympics organizers have kept other details of the opening ceremony under wraps, including how many members of each nation's delegation will be allowed to march. Sporting NewsOlympics opening ceremony updates, highlights, best moments to start 2021 Tokyo Games

Is there an opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics?

A muted and semirestrained Opening Ceremony began the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Friday morning, for the first time broadcast live in the early hours in the U.S. by NBC (an abridged replay will air at 7:30 p.m. EDT/4:30 p.m. PDT). USA TODAYReview: The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony was more of a whimper than a bang

How long is the Tokyo opening ceremony?

Parade of nations, organized by Japanese alphabet, begins After an opening that lasted 45 minutes, on the shorter end given the circumstances, the parade of nations began and is expected to last two hours. USA TODAYTokyo Olympics opening ceremony: Naomi Osaka lights torch as Games officially begin

Has Tokyo Olympics started?

When do the Tokyo Olympics begin and what is the schedule? Postponed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Summer Olympics began officially July 23 with the Opening Ceremonies. The Games will end Aug. 8 with the Closing Ceremonies. Washington PostThe Olympics are finally here. Here's a guide to help you watch the Tokyo Summer Games.

The traditional parade of nations saw 206 nations enter the Olympic stadium in Tokyo, and more than 11,000 athletes will participate in the Games. The opening ceremony culminates with the end of the Olympic torch relay and the lighting of the cauldron. It is the poignant, dramatic apex of the ceremony, and some notable athletes have done the honor of lighting the cauldron, including Muhammad Ali, Steve Nash, Wayne Gretzky, Rafer Johnson and the 1980 U.S. men's hockey team.

Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, is a favorite to win gold and one of the superstars of these Games. It was an incredible moment as she completed the Olympic relay.

"Undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life," Osaka wrote on Twitter. "I have no words to describe the feelings ..."

"I've often felt that people have no regard for athletes' mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one," she wrote on social media at the time. "We're often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I'm just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me."

She was quoted in Time magazine as saying, "It's OK to not be OK."

Undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life. I have no words to describe the feelings I have right now but I do know I am currently filled with gratefulness and thankfulness ❤️ love you guys thank you. pic.twitter.com/CacWQ5ToUD

Naomi Osaka born in Japan of Japanese Haitian parents, moved to USA to develop her game. Is an activist and a global citizen, seems like an ace of a torch lighting. Let these challenging games begin. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

The Olympic Cauldron has been lit! 🔥@naomiosaka does the honours as the curtain rises on #Tokyo2020. #OpeningCeremony | #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/6bYlwnMDfh

It's on! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/3cgHVvpyZy

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How We’re Projecting Each Country’s Medal Count In Tokyo

FiveThirtyEight 23 July, 2021 - 02:10pm

By Neil Paine

Filed under Tokyo Olympics

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, we wrote a few stories along these lines, attempting to measure performance relative to expectations. But for Tokyo, we wanted to expand that concept into a full interactive that tracks a country’s medals above or below baseline as the games progress. (We did this with data provided graciously by Bill Mallon of Olympedia.org, an essential resource for anyone with an interest in Olympics data and history.) Keeping in mind that this is not a forecast in the same sense as, say, our NFL predictions — but rather a baseline accounting of how countries have tended to do in each event — here are the basics of how it works:

Using this basic system, our interactive will allow you to track the medal count in a new way — comparing results with how each country should generally expect to be doing based on its recent history of success. Because while the Olympics aren’t only about the glory of making the podium, earning a medal (mostly) lasts a lifetime and immortalizes an entire generation of athletes in the memories of fans worldwide.

Or more, in the case of events that award multiple bronze medals.

Specifically, we used Mallon’s research suggesting that the home country sees its medal total inflated by about 50 percent while hosting, relative to its performance in surrounding Olympics.

We used the same 25 percent penalty as we did for the Pyeongchang Games.

Neil Paine is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

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